CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT is a 28,500 word novella. It is the first story in the Working It series.
Once burnt, twice shy
Delaney Monroe could have married her college sweetheart, Wes Barrows, and lived the life of the idle rich thanks to his family's casino money. Instead, she chose to become an EMT and a firefighter. Unfortunately, that decision ended her relationship with Wes, who couldn't bear the thought of her in such a dangerous profession. Three years later, Del is one of the most respected members of her crew and loves her job, but she desperately misses Wes. Then, during a search and rescue operation, she's knocked unconscious by falling debris.
Wesley Barrows finds himself with a major dilemma when his ex-girlfriend wakes from a serious head injury with no memory of the past three years or the circumstances that led to their breakup. On one hand, it's the opportunity he's longed for since he blew it and let her walk out the door three years ago. On the other, the fact that she's got amnesia at all is the fault of the risky occupation she chose despite his objections. Her neurologist believes Delaney's recovery will be best aided if she remembers events herself rather than being told what has transpired over the last three years. Wes has no choice but take her home and act as if they're still together, which isn't a hardship when, in his heart, they always were. But as the bond between them becomes closer and more passionate than ever, Wes knows he risks losing her all over again when the truth comes out.